Two Birds, One Stone: A TPACK-Inspired Model to Guide Standards-Based Social Studies Instruction
Friday, March 11 3:05-3:25 PM Location: Evergreen
Abstract: There is a move underway in Pennsylvania to meet academic content standards in social studies. Four content areas within social studies including Civics and Government, Economics, Geography, and History have been designated as areas to measure student competency. With this in mind, the purpose of this paper was twofold: first, it provided some of the current literature on the subject of the TPACK model which aligns technology, pedagogy, and content; and, second, it employed a series of interviews of social studies teachers practicing in three southwestern counties of Pennsylvania using a specially developed interview protocol constructed by these researchers to analyze their perceptions of technology use in the standards-based social studies classroom. The results indicated that a model such as TPACK may be a way of guiding technology integration in the social studies classroom, connecting technology integration with state content standards, producing positive results on state exams.